STAR provides property tax relief to New York State’s homeowners. It lowers the tax burden on New York residents who live in school districts.
- Basic STAR is for homeowners whose total household income is $500,000 or less. The benefit is estimated to be a $300 credit.
- Enhanced STAR is for homeowners 65 and older whose total household income for owners and spouses who live with them is $86,300 or less. The benefit is estimated to be a $600 credit.
- If you’re eligible for the STAR credit, you’ll receive a check for the amount of your STAR savings
- Senior citizens getting STAR may also be eligible for the Senior Citizens Homeowners’ Exemption (SCHE)
- You do not need to register for STAR if you are a longtime homeowner with an existing STAR exemption
There are two types of STAR credits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR. To be eligible for both, you should be able to answer yes to all of these questions:
- Is the property the primary home of at least one of the owners?
- Do you live in one of the following types of housing?
- a house
- a condo
- a cooperative apartment
- a manufactured home
- a farm house
- a mixed-use property, including apartment buildings (only the owner-occupied portion is eligible)
For Basic STAR, you should also be able to answer yes to this additional question:
- Is the combined income of all owners who live in the home and their spouses $500,000 a year or less?
For Enhanced STAR, you should also be able to answer yes to these additional questions:
- Will you, or one of your siblings or spouse who live in the home, be 65 or older by December 31st?
- Is the combined income of all owners who live in the home and their spouses $86,300 a year or less?
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